By Rebekah Hurst, editor
During the annual Tennessee School Boards Association Convention held last November, Brett Henley, chairman of the Coffee County Schools Board of Education, was elected to serve on the State Board as an At Large member. The TSBA is a non-profit, private service organization whose mission is to assist school boards in effectively governing school districts.
“The State Board meets four times a year to organize, be the voice of, and promote the best agenda possible for the school systems across Tennessee to the media and legislators,” said Henley. “This hopefully, in turn, results in legislation being passed on the state and national levels to help our teachers and school systems to provide the best possible product for our students.”
According to the TSBA mission statement, individually, school boards may find it financially impossible to employ their own specialists in such areas as legislation, school law, policies and community relations. But these and many other services are available through TSBA – a resource center that addresses the priorities of school board members. The State Board, nominated and compiled by various school board members serving across the state and voted on at the annual convention, consists of a president, vice-president, past president, treasurer, nine district directors and four at large positions. Henley will serve a one year term beginning in January.
“Mr. Henley continues to go above and beyond the call of duty as a member of the Coffee County School Board,” said Coffee County Director of Schools Dr. LaDonna McFall. “He is dedicated to do what’s best for the children and employees in our school system and his role as a member on the TSBA Board will serve our community well. He will have the opportunity to share the celebrations and the challenges of our school system and have a greater impact on issues occurring at the state level.”
“This is no doubt an honor for me to serve in this position,” said Henley. “I hope to be able to make a positive impact toward making our state and county schools better and more capable of providing a better product for our students, which in turn, provides a better product to our community and society as a whole.”
In 1953, the Tennessee legislature officially recognized TSBA as “the organization and representative agency of the members of schools boards of Tennessee” and authorized TSBA to provide services through membership dues paid by school boards. All its programs, meetings and services are designed to help school boards and their members to better serve the children in their school system. For more information about the Tennessee State Board Association, see www.tsba.net.